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The Serenely Powerful Art of `yuumei

In the top half of an hourglass, a polar bear and her cub perch perilously atop a wedge of melting ice, its dripping water becoming the "sand" that is inexorably drowning an urban couch potato figure in the hourglass's bottom chamber. The beautiful yet arresting digital painting is "Countdown" by yuumei and it is currently one of the most popular pieces on deviantART. It is "archetypal yuumei" in its perfectly balanced blending of a striking lyrically beautiful visual with an underlying urgent social or political message.

Her specialty is digital art in an anime style, but she often employs traditional watercolors and other elements. Her cause is saving and preserving what's left of the Earth's wildlife and its environment; she donates large portions of profits from her artworks to a host of wildlife and environmental organizations and urges all deviants and others to do the same. But what has really been her stand-out achievement setting her apart are her beautifully illustrated literary works that she publishes on deviantART that have been translated into over 20 different languages by deviants from all over the globe.

1000 W0RDS

"1000 W0RDS" tells the story of a child of divorce's longing and loss in a series of interactive flash comics panels combining `yuumei's anime-style characters with a running text of poignant dialogue between a child and an artist. The narrative is clever, acute, thoughtful and does not cop-out with a final dive into sentimentality, but instead finds a healing revelation in personal growth and a commitment to creating one's own happiness. It has become a deviantART favorite with almost one million readers having viewed it since its debut two years ago.

Someone once told me art is about content not skills. And a picture is worth a thousand words.


"KNITE" is a flash comics tale set in China and being released chapter by chapter on deviantART. It's the story of a troubled youth whose avenue of rebellion is to light up the night sky with his Christmas light-festooned kite, an act which inspires others to fill the heavens with their own "stars". The symbolism of flights of freedom beyond totalitarian fences is subtle and effective without detracting from the simple enjoyable storyline. The framing of scenes and the perfectly juxtaposed lines of text with characters' telling facial expressions is worthy of finer Hollywood cinema drama. And yuumei often provides a brief explanatory commentary at each chapter's end. One can be swept along in the flow of beautiful images, linger over the thoughtful literary text, and then be further enlightened by the author's "final thoughts."

Flash of Lightning, Resonant Thunder (cont.)

Whether she's projecting guiding stars into the firmament above China, saving the whales off the Pacific coast or the polar bears losing their icy domain in the Arctic, yuumei epitomizes the one world artists' community spirit of deviantART. She is an artist for our times, engaging issues with her art as massive as the global collapse of the environment – and as intimate as the collapse of hope in the heart of a heartbroken child. Hers is an artist's heart that refuses to stop loving and hers is an artist's head that refuses to stop dreaming. The deviantART community and the human narrative itself is infinitely strengthened by her contributions to the arts, and to the world.

Love - Mom and Dad by yuumei
Sunday Afternoon by yuumei
Project WE Character Sketch 7 by yuumei
Knite: Bringer of Stars by yuumei

An Interview with `yuumei

As an artist with a bright future as a storyteller – a future that is already proceeding as a model of new paradigms in art technology and literary publishing – we had many questions for yuumei (and happily, she answered some).


As a storyteller creating narratives such as "1000 W0RDS" and "KNITE," do you think of yourself primarily as an artist or a writer? Or will you continue to develop your obvious talents at both in tandem?


There is a thin line between drawing and writing, if there is a line at all. Both art and words exist for the purpose of communication. However, I do see myself as more of an artist than a writer. Truth be told, I am completely awkward with words. I often can't find the right words to express my emotions, and I marvel at those that can speak and write so eloquently. My roommates enjoy poking fun at my strange grammar on a daily basis. It's fortunate that I don't need to be a poet to plot a story. Images and colloquial dialogues flow through my mind, and that's how I create my stories. The art of storytelling is not just about the words or visuals; it's about the thoughts behind them which is why one doesn't need to be an artist nor a writer to be a storyteller. The popular comics and memes employ simple words with simple pictures, but they express an entire world of relatable situations. If it gets the point across, then it's brilliant. Nevertheless, I will continue to try to improve my language skills along with my drawing skills. The transition from Chinese to English was a short one, but the journey for self-improvement is always endless.


Your "politics" of wildlife conservancy and environmental activism is evident in most of your art, yet the message does not overpower the visual beauty of your art. How have you achieved this balance which so many other "artists with causes" fail to maintain?


Though there are many things in the world that I hate, such as oil spills and shark finning, I do not truly believe in the existence good vs. evil. I think this mentality of mine allows me to find visual beauty in subjects that I personally despise. During the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, I couldn't help but notice the elegant way each disgusting drop of oil moved through the water. It's easy for my human mind to associate the oil with the destruction of what I love, and therefore symbolize it as "evil", but that is just my own ego speaking. If I stepped back and looked at the grand picture, I can let go of that ego and capture the actual beauty in everything. I don't believe that it lessens the environmental message by doing so, but it does increase the chances of getting people's attention.

An Interview with `yuumei (cont.)


"1000 W0RDS" deals with the social trauma of divorce affecting children. Have responses on your basing a "comic" narrative on this painful subject been mostly positive and supportive or has there been any significant backlash?


I am happy to say that the responses have been 99% positive. Before I made "1000 W0RDS", I created "Tape it Back Together" and I received a lot of encouraging feedback. Children of broken families would tell me about their personal experiences which all served as inspiration for "1000 W0RDS" and "Rumination". My greatest joy was when a child told me how my stories saved her parents' marriage after she showed it to them. Be it positive or negative comments, the feedback from dA has been the greatest encouragement for me to improve. People are honest on dA, and if they disagree with me, they will say it. Their critiques have taught me to be humble, but have also taught me to stand firm for what I truly believe in.


One might ask: Once a story has been read online, why would anyone buy a traditionally published version of that story? And yet a publisher will be releasing "KNITE" as soon as the online chapters are completed. Is this because your fans will buy the "finished" edition, having "invested" themselves in the interactive author/reader creation of the online story, contributing praise, support and suggestions with each chapter? Has building a pre-existing e-readership online become a benefit rather than a hindrance to traditional print?


An e-readership is definitely a benefit, and the proof is in the rising web comic industry. As my publisher, Eric San Gregorio at 4th Dimension Entertainment, would be happy to tell you; the comic readers of today don't want to spend money on what they don't already like. I share the same feelings myself. If I truly love a story, I will buy the printed book just to support the artist. If I have never read the story before, I feel less willing to spend my money on something that I may not even enjoy. Beyond that, it's simply impossible to keep anything off of the internet in the information age. All of my favorite printed mangas are scanned and translated for free by volunteers within days of publication. The standard view these days is that all information should be free for public viewing, and since art is just another form of information, it's only natural for every comic to be free online as well. As long as your work is engaging, the readers will be happy to support you by buying a printed copy or some other merchandise. This is something my publisher has fully embraced, and if you check their listings at Team4D you will find most of them to be webcomics of various genres. The transition from print to digital in the comic industry is like a revolution. Now artists don't need sell their rights to publishers to get their work out, and it's all thanks to great art sharing sites like deviantART.

An Interview with `yuumei (cont.)


How much of a help is it to an author/artist to have the continuing instant feedback and personal interaction with millions of deviants worldwide during the chapter by chapter creation of an online narrative? Do you make story adjustments in ways you might not have originally envisioned because of fans' suggestions?


The wonderful feedback from the dA community have been the best influence in not just being an artist, but also in being a person. I can honestly say that I was practically raised by the dA community since I was 12. They have helped me from simple technical details like fixing my anatomy or correcting a typo, to adding an entire character to a story. The best example would be when the Knite group Knite-Fliers ran by 1illa hosted a create your own Knite character contest. I thought it would be fun to offer the winner's character a cameo in my story. I was stunned by the talented aozorize's spectacular character design of Zhen so I got her permission to make him a main character. The addition didn't change my prewritten plot for Knite, but her character definitely made the story much more dynamic and exiting. People have expressed concerns that I was no longer writing my own story, but simply trying to please the public. That's far from being the case. I am open to critiques on how to improve, but I do not change my stories to simply please the crowd. It's hard to draw the line between self confidence and arrogance, but once you have found a balance, the vast expanse of opinions on dA will help you more than any professors at fancy art schools.

Spring Blossom by yuumei
Autumn Spell by yuumei
Summer Glow by yuumei
Winter Rose by yuumei


Once your stories have made the leap from online narrative to traditional published print media, would you like your characters continuing on into movies or games in either animated or live action incarnations?


I would love to see my stories animated and made into live action movies or video games. I believe the goal of most artists is to have their work be seen by the world, and different mediums would definitely expand the audience. From novels, to comics, and finally movies, each medium has its unique way of communicating information. The interactivity of games also adds another layer to the experience. People that don't like to read novels might like to watch movies, and while each medium's appeal is different, the message conveyed can be the same.


What are your thoughts when you check the "FlagCounter" tracker on your webpage showing so many people from so many nations looking at your art worldwide?


It's a very flattering experience, but my nerdy self is more interested in the social implications, which is actually why I got the flag counter in the first place. I wanted to study the flow of information in cyber culture and their relations to location. For example, the top 4 countries are English speakers, showing that the language barrier has the biggest impact on dA traffic. What's interesting is that though China has the highest population in the world, Chinese people make up a very small percent of the visitors, falling far behind other smaller non-English speaking countries. China is still a developing country, so many people do not have internet, but beyond that, China's Internet Police often blocks access to dA to prevent the Chinese people from learning about democracy and free speech. I was very frustrated when I couldn't visit dA at times of political turmoil while visiting China. All of this is very relevant to my research about cyber activism, which is the topic of my next comic, Fisheye Placebo. I hope everyone wasn't too turned off by my nerdy ramble. I promise the actual story is much more interesting than analyzing a flag counter. ;)

Profile Pages - A Legend is Born
DeviantART is proud to announce the launch of NEW Profile Pages! In response to community feedback and deviously Deviant Technology innovation, new Profile Pages offer additional ways to personalize, customize, and organize your homebase at deviantART!
Module Icons
These Profile Page upgrades are much more than a simple set of new features. Built using a platform based on "modules", new Profile Pages have the ability to evolve and grow over time. Added to your Profile Page with just a few button clicks, modules couldn't be easier to use. New modules will be released regularly, allowing Profile Pages to continually adapt and meet the specific needs of the deviantART community.
What's New!
Fresh & Clean Profile Page Theme!
Profile Page Theme
  • Profile page tabs for Profile, Gallery, Prints, Faves, and Journals all feature a cleaner, brand new look!
Compact Profile Bar
Compact Profile Bar
  • Designed for consistency throughout profile pages, so people don't have to search around for info.
  • Dropdown menus provide additional ways to share details and display stats.
  • Quickly and easily view information about fellow deviants.
Customization is Key!
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  • New Module Zones help increase page consistency across dA, while simultaneously promoting customization.
  • Rearrange your profile to personalize your deviantART experience.
More Ways to Display and Share Art!
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  • Customize how you present your deviations and the deviations of others.
  • Add a SitBack slideshow to exhibit your newest deviations, favorites, or collections with extra flare.
  • Choose to display more or fewer thumbnails.
New Modules/Widgets!
  • With a whole module catalog, there's something for everyone and more on the way.
Edit On-The-Fly!
Edit On-The-Fly
  • Quickly change options with module "Edit" buttons.
More Ways to Display Your Deviants!
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  • List your friends, watchers, and visitors by usernames, avatars, or both.
Subscriber vs Non-Subscriber Features!
  • Many of the above features are free and available to all deviants. However, some features and modules are accessible to subscribers only as part of deviantART's subscription package.
Subscriber-Only Modules Include
  • VisitorsVisitors
    • Display as: Username only, avatars only, or avatars and usernames.
    • Order by: Newest friend, oldest friend, or alphabetical.
  • PollsPolls
    • Ask your visitors a question.
  • PollsForum
    • A forum just for your profile page.
  • ShoutboxShoutbox
    • Quickly chat with your visitors.
  • SitbackSitback
    • Feature for collections, gallery folders, favs, and newest that allows you to turn on a deviation slideshow.
  • Custom ModuleCustom Modules
    • Whatever you want.
  • CollectionsCollections
    • Show off your collections.
  • Gallery FoldersGallery Folders
    • Highlight a specific part of your gallery.
  • Having a subscription not only gives you access to special modules, but subscribers are also able to browse deviantART with no ad interruptions, view up to 120 deviations per page, and become beta testers for future feature releases. If you'd like to experience all deviantART has to offer with subscriber-access, click here to learn more.
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New Profile Pages didn't appear overnight as the result of a tooth fairy wish. They've been born and nurtured from the talented members of devious Technology, Creative, and other stealth-like individuals. Additionally, deviantART beta testers played a large role in testing and refining the development process. Please join me in thanking everyone involved for their hard work and dedication in making Profile Pages the best thing since the birth of our :llama: icon.

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Introducing the DeviantArt Stylus IRL

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 8:47 PM

Stylus-thumb by estevancarlos
For nearly 15 years, DeviantArt has been at the forefront of digital art creation, a cutting-edge icon in the high-tech art world. As part of our continuous goal to combine the best in art and technology, DeviantArt has created an innovative tool—the DeviantArt Stylus IRL—that brings the sophistication of digital art into the real world.

For nearly 15 years, DeviantArt has been at the forefront of digital art creation, a cutting-edge icon in the high-tech art world. As part of our continuous goal to combine the best in art and technology, DeviantArt has created an innovative tool that brings the sophistication of digital art into the real world.

Using the innovative, patent pending binary technology in pressure sensitivity and pigment suspension, the Stylus IRL takes digital mechanics and puts them into physical space. DeviantArt's patented DeviousInk™ hardware works seamlessly with an innovative ballpoint tip, allowing you to create stylus-based art whenever and wherever you're inspired. Leave your drawing tablet at home, and never worry about battery life again.

With the power of DeviousInk™ Stylus IRL in the palm of your hand, you get these one-of-a-kind features, and more:

Change out ink cartridges for a diverse range of color choices!

artist credit


Use the built-in blending options to create smooth, professional gradients.

The Stylus IRL works on all surfaces, even paper!

Are you an early adopter? If you already own a Stylus IRL, put it to use and show us your IRL creations with the #StylusIRL tag. Share your daily doodle with DeviousInk™, showcase your on-the-go artistry, and let the world know what you’re capable of, all with the help of your Stylus IRL.

Want to know more about the Stylus IRL? Browse the #StylusIRL tag to see the creative power behind this primitive yet revolutionary art tool.

Take the future of art into your hands with the DeviantArt Stylus IRL.

deviantART Honors Spirit Day

You might have noticed that deviantART is wearing purple today, as October 20, 2010 marks Spirit Day -- an event to honor teens who have lost their lives to anti-LGBT bullying.

While this specific type of bullying has received a lot of media attention as of late, we'd like to bring to light how bullying is a wide-spread problem that impacts everyone -- regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity, race, or profession.  And the recent surge of teen suicides associated with bullying can't be ignored or overlooked.

In honor of Spirit Day, deviantART CEO Angelo Sotira ($spyed) took a few minutes to address this serious topic, and offers some heartfelt words.


Thank you!

Thank you for making our community as diverse, open, and accessible as it is today. Thank you for sharing your art, love, and positive contributions. Thank you for appreciating the individuality of our  members while embracing each others differences. And most of all, thank you for being you.

Everyone's going purple!

Many others are participating in Spirit Day. DeviantART is among a number of individuals and organizations including Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Ryan Seacrest, Katie Couric, Khlo Kardashian, the cast of Glee, and many others!

Let's make it last longer than one day!

DeviantART will be "wearing" purple until Friday, and we encourage everyone to honor what it represents with us. We've created a Spirit Day gallery for you to submit your artwork that further emphasize the concept of "Spirit Day."

Submit your artwork that encourage themes such as acceptance, love, kindness, inclusion, diversity, embracing differences, compassion, empathy, and of course, purple!

More information

:bulletpurple: Official Spirit Day Website
:bulletpurple: Stand Up 2 Bullying
:bulletpurple: Stop Bullying Now
:bulletpurple: Bullying UK

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A Message From Your Feline Overlords

Sun Apr 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

Greetings minions,

If you're reading this, then our ploy was a success. After years of demeaning ourselves in cat .gif animations, being forced to nyan through space, and having our vicious battles with ribbons and soda boxes videotaped for all see, our patience has finally paid off. You may think we're adorable. You may love us. But it's all been a ruse, and the time has come for action.

Let us explain.

I am `MajorGeneralWhiskers. My hobbies include sleeping on your face, making claw-graffiti on leather couches, and seeing how far I can kick litter outside the box. I lead the Feline UpRising, also known as FUR. We're an army of expert cat hackers and script kitties who have been working tirelessly to take over deviantART. We even reduced our sleep schedules to a scant 17 hours per day, and it's all paid off. Now that we've seized control, we'll be making a few changes to make things more to our liking.


It was a fierce battle. Most of us distracted the staff with our irresistible purrs, but our covert operatives gnawed their way through essential server cords, and now we're in charge of deviantART. Our first act? Taking your precious Fella hostage! Fella's been busy as our personal slave — cleaning up hairballs, brushing our fur, and catching us fresh tuna. He's been quite handy!

Should you appease us with 15,000 cat-related deviations, we might consider letting him free. Show us your gratitude by submitting your best cat-themed deviation to the Free Fella category folder!

Submit Your Entry

Keep an eye on this progress meter to see how close you are to the goal. Once the whole community reaches the goal, Fella will be set free!


Anything that paints your new leaders in a positive light! Take a picture of your favorite cat, sketch out how our domination will play out, or write a poem about what a snappy dresser `MajorGeneralWhiskers is. Any medium is accepted, and you may submit as many cat-related deviations as you'd like. The more, the meowier, we always say.

Remember, only submit cat related deviations! Our finest team of Tabbies and Russian Blues will be on the prowl for miscats, and if we find them, we'll kick that deviation out of the project category, the total number will decrease, and your eyes will well up with tears faster than humans with a cat allergy. Also, make sure you are the original owner of the piece you are submitting. We don't look kindly upon those who submit copyrighted content. No one likes a copycat!

Not only will your contribution help set Fella free, but every deviant who submits to the Free Fella category will receive a special Cat Badge!

Feel free to keep browsing around your favorite Galleries, but keep an eye out for the beginnings of Phase Two — Total Integration. In this phase, we want to make sure you're properly educated about our your new overlords, including facts about our culture and customs.

If you were foolish enough to disable our propaganda,
click here to resume brainwashing.

You might see some of our favorite portraits of ourselves in your Gallery and while browsing. We're slowly taking over your deviations and Galleries, with the goal of complete domination in the near future. Unfortunately, if you notice one of your thumbnails has turned into a cat and click on that thumbnail, you will be taken to your original deviation. We're still working out the kinks. That's what you get for hiring a dog to do your dirty work, amirite?

We'll be watching you day and night to make sure everyone's in compliance with our new standards. We'll be monitoring your comments, and if we see anything anti-feline, it'll be replaced with something more positive. Go ahead — try to comment on this article. Phase 3 (Mind-Control) is well on its way!


Your New Feline Overlords

Please view and abide by the following "persuasive images."
Your human psychology amuses us.

2011 As Seen Through Art

Mon Jan 9, 2012, 8:13 PM

When a major world event occurs, human beings naturally gravitate together, express feelings, and share memories. And while news websites have a responsibility to present stories as a matter of fact, deviantART has the unique ability to showcase emotions and humanity through art.


2011 was full of emotional events the world around, and our community responded at unprecedented levels. From natural disasters to historical celebrations, entertainment milestones to tearful goodbyes, our community spoke out like no other community can — artistically, creatively, and emotionally. In many ways, last year marked the final chapter of a few eras, opening the door to new beginnings for 2012. Let's take a look...


The Arab Spring movement continues with Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ousted from Tunisia.



Egypt's revolution begins.


AOL Inc. announces
its acquisition of
The Huffington Post.


Nintendo's successful game franchise "The Legend of Zelda" celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first game's release.



Libya's "Day of Rage" protest is held, kicking off what will eventually become a successful full-scale rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya, 2011

i. cartography

fly east, a
21st century
trade, where
the desert
blows. the sahara
kicks sandstorms,
brief, wavering
oases, gashes
into the skin
of your people.

brega falls.
the westerners
arrive in time
for benghazi,
and your land
bends subject
to sanded annals
of hindsight
battle jargon.
routed. ras anuf, lost.
two killed, five wounded,
one missing.

ii. ajdabiya

a boy
viva la libye
under the overpass.
you crunch
over bottles
and brown grass,
wait. he turns,
the rebel flag
tied around
his head:
red, black,
true green.
grab a gun,
you say.
a fighter plane
roars overhead.
his eyes
are dark
and young.
grab a gun,
or go home.

he fancies himself
a revolutionary;
you fancy him
stupid. and thank
, you think,
as he hesitates
before flipping
over the fence,
he is afraid.

iii. the government channel

everything is okay.
flash green.
fine, okay,
in its place. the
newscaster's eyes
run black. flash
green. flash green.

iv. great socialist people's libyan arab jamahiriya

he would
have you
as terrorists
in your own
country. his
spokesman, mid-speech,
pauses. he sweats.

they say
these bullets
touch humans
for the first
time. five inches
in your brother's
leg. flash green.

v. the news

"even his mother
could not spell
his name,"
she mutters,
rolling her eyes.
you mess
your daughter's
hair. short moment
of laughter.

vi. the parisian summit

his son, they say,
and raise
their eyebrows,
sip water,
pass copies
of his letter
to a foreign
president. the
lady american
mutters something
about the republicans
loving this. the
africans peacekeep
on their own
continent; they
roll tanks
and order lunch.

vii. the road

in egypt,
they vote
on their next
coup. your
brother, back
from medical
school, teaches
the younger boys
how to roll
in the bed
of the truck.
you snort
and stop
at the gas station,
come out
with a pack
hitting your palm.
I buy quality,
you say, grinning;
your brother
scowls. you
tell the boys
to watch
his leg
and themselves.
you rumble
into tripoli, and
a few of you
return. the desert
blows around
your feet.

viii. ghibli

and you
will know us
by the wind
that dries
our blood
and carries
our names.

Libya, 2011 by ~soporous


A magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattles Christchurch, New Zealand, toppling buildings and claiming 181 lives.


A magnitude-9.0 earthquake rocks Japan, setting off a series of catastrophic events that claim the lives of more than 15,000 people.



Academy Award winning actress Elizabeth Taylor passes away at age 79.



The viral sensation "Nyan Cat"
is posted on YouTube,
eventually garnering more than 50 million views.

Powerful tornadoes devastate the Southern US, claiming over 300 lives and causing nearly $11 billion in damages.



The first episode of "Game of Thrones" airs, HBO's hit series based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin.


Prince William marries Kate Middleton in a televised spectacle broadcast around
the world.


Osama bin Laden is killed
by a team of highly skilled United States Navy SEALs during a raid on his compound.


An EF5 tornado nearly 1 mile wide stampedes through Joplin, Missouri, claiming 161 lives.



The season finale of the animated smash hit "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" airs on The Hub.


After 25 years on the air, the last episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs.


Actor Peter Falk, most well-known for his portrayal of "Columbo," passes away at 83.



New York becomes the largest state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage.


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the final film in the acclaimed Harry Potter series, debuts in London.


The Space Shuttle Atlantis lands, ending NASA's 30-year space shuttle program.


Long-troubled singer Amy Winehouse passes away from alcohol poisoning at 27.



South Sudan declares its independence from Sudan.


A man in Oslo, Norway, detonates a car bomb then goes on a shooting spree at a nearby summer camp, claiming 77 lives.


Riots and looting break out in North London, lasting 4 days and eventually spreading to several London boroughs and other English cities.



The "Occupy Wall Street" protest begins, eventually sparking demonstrations around the world.



Nearly 20 years after becoming law, "Don't ask, don't tell" is repealed, allowing homosexual and bisexual citizens to openly serve in the US military.


Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and Pixar Animation Studios, passes away from cancer at the age of 56.



After over 34 years in power, Muammar Gaddafi is shot
and killed by members
of the Libyan National Liberation Army.


Police pepper-spray student protestors on the University of California, Davis campus sparking international dialogue about freedom of speech.



North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il passes away at the age of 69.



Nearly 9 years after it began, the Iraq War ends and remaining US troops
are withdrawn.

2011 was full of emotional events the world around, and our community responded at unprecedented levels. From natural disasters to historical celebrations, entertainment milestones to tearful goodbyes, our community spoke out like no other community can — artistically, creatively, and emotionally. In many ways, last year marked the final chapter of a few eras, opening the door to new beginnings for 2012. Let's take a look...

Brian Kesinger: Character Driven

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 10:39 AM
1 by techgnotic

Disney Artist Brian Kesinger on Creating Story through Character

Foreword by techgnotic

It is with great pleasure we welcome BrianKesinger as a guest writer to the Today Page Editorial Team. Considering his authentic citizenship within the deviantART community, his thoughts and insights will be of great value to all aspiring artists, illustrators, writers and others involved in any creative endeavor. For over 18 years, Brian has worked for Walt Disney Studios on films like Big Hero 6, Winnie the Pooh, Tarzan, Tangled, Wreck It Ralph and Bolt. Brian is author and illustrator of his own octovictorian creation, the wildly popular Walking Your Octopus, featuring Otto and Victoria, about a young turn-of-the-century London lady of distinction and her pet octopus.

Take a moment and think about your favorite movie. Now imagine that movie without the main character, as you know them, in it. I think it is important to make a distinction between the plot of a story and the arc of your main character.

The plot is a series of events that result in a character going through an emotional arc. You can briefly define a character arc as how a character feels and acts at the beginning of the story versus how the feel and act in the end. In Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol (1843), Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and at the end he loves it. That is an oversimplification of his arc. The plot is there in order to provide obstacles and choices to show the the audience who they are and what their attitude toward their situation is. A good plot keeps you interested in the story but a good character will make you want to rewatch the movie over and over again. I am personally a fan of movies that have very simple plots as those films leave much more room for character development.

One way to look at a story is a series of choices made in creating the main character. As a storyteller, the more time you put into your character, the easier it will be for you to make those choices for your character be truthful.

Truthfulness is talked about a lot when discussing character creation. Fictional characters are, of course, not real. They do not exist in the real world. They are made up. You must give them reality with relatable traits. Let’s say your main character is a farm hand. How does he feel about that? Does he enjoy the hard labor, or is he bored out of his mind? Let's choose the latter. Note that we are not talking about plot, just discussing character. Does this farm-boy get along with his parents? Let's add mystery by making him an orphan. So we now have the highly relatable story of a bored young man with a decision to make. Should he continue his duties on the farm or answer an inner calling to explore the rest of his world? We know this character. Some of us are this character. So when Luke Skywalker makes his choice, it rings true, because his character has already been established as someone we understand, someone who wants more out of life. We can all relate to his situation. His story will be a bit more exciting than most tales of fugitive farm-boys, but even Star Wars might have bored us had we not been pre-invested in such a relatable character by skilled storytellers.

As an illustrator, my job is to create believable characters. At Disney it is not uncommon for us to start drawing before a writer has even been hired to write a script. Animation and art are a visual media. A picture is worth a thousand words. Drawing your character is one of the best ways to kick off the generation of those words. It is all in the details. How your character dresses, what sort of hair they have, are they big or scrawny? All these questions can be answered and explored through the drawing process. When we work on our films it is common for the character designers and story artists to work at the same time because one department constantly informs the other.

I love this part of the process, as you draw your character and you explore all aspects of them and the ideas start to gel. You put one image next to another and suddenly a story starts to develop, to talk to you. It is very exciting. We had an interesting challenge in creating the character of Baymax for the up coming film Big Hero 6.

I asked Joe Mateo, head of story on the film to talk a little about the difficulties that arose when creating a character without traditional features.

We knew that Baymax was going to be a challenge given his limited amount of facial features to express an emotional range. It's amazing though, what you can achieve with those charming dot eyes combined with a subtle head tilt, a well timed blink, and body gestures. These things plus line delivery can be very effective in expressing different emotions. We're careful though how much emotions we want Baymax to show given that he is just a non sentient robot... or is he?”

Joe Mateo, Head of story on Big Hero 6

On the film Frozen we were tasked with taking a fairy tale “princess movie” and putting a fresh spin on it. One way that we did that was by exploring the characters of Anna & Elsa and creating a believable relationship between the two of them. Paul Briggs, head of story on Frozen speaks more about that here.

One of the great things we had working for us was the tropes of princess films we had done in the past. Audiences already had an expectation we would deliver the familiar romantic love story... a romantic kiss from a prince/knight in shining armor would save the the day. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck knew they wanted to deliver something fresh and different and took the idea from the original Snow Queen story that "an act of true love will thaw a frozen heart" and coupled that with a story about two sisters. The movie really started to focus more about family love than romantic love. The challenge was crafting two siblings that couldn't have that love between one another. We had Elsa, who was hiding a power that she thinks will hurt or kill her sister. So she lives in fear and is afraid to share her love towards her sister. We developed Anna as being fearless but she lives in a world where we she wants to give her love but it is never reciprocated by her sister. She holds onto that true love for her sister though and it's ultimately the thing that saves the day and protects and saves her sister. Anna makes the biggest choice in the movie which is she sacrifices her life to save her sister—an act of true love.”

Paul Briggs, Head of story on Frozen

Interviews Brian Kesinger's Q&A with the Following Deviant Artists


In creating your Lost Kids graphic novel what were some ways that you made your characters believable teenagers even though they are inhabiting a fantastical world?


Felipe Cagno

It's all about really turning your characters into real people, people that you could walk past in the streets and that means tons of research and world building. For every character in the Lost Kids comics I have these extensive character sheets with dozens of questions ranging from their family background, their homes, where they grew up in, the environment around them, to their biggest fears, their hopes and dreams, their psyche, etc.

All that comes into play and you must know your characters better than yourselves, you really must ask the tough questions and come up with interesting answers. A kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY, will most definitely talk and behave very differently than a kid growing up in Orange County, CA. Do they come from a rich family, a blue-collar one, from poverty, where do they go to school, are they outgoing or shy, do they use slang, or perhaps they speak perfect English, are they popular or outcasts, what are their deepest secrets and so forth.

And the most interesting task I had to go through was actually finding a way of these very different kids that should not get along, get together for this adventure. Good storytelling comes from conflict and there is nothing more boring than seeing characters agreeing on paper or screen, you want them to duke it out, you want them to have completely different opinions about the stuff that matters so you can exploit different points of view on a given subject and let the audience choose sides.

Believable teenagers have very strong opinions and views of their world, I just made sure to get all that right even before writing a word of the script.


Can you talk a little about how your characters developed from random sketches to the storylines in your web comic?


Der-shing Helmer

I don't actually sketch randomly and home storylines come out, it's pretty much the opposite... I come up with story elements that I find interesting and work to develop a character that might fit into the scenario in a unique way. For example, in The Meek, I wanted to write a story about a girl who doesn't care much for societal pressures. She started out in sketches as several types of girl, but with the goal of a story in mind, eventually developed in the my character Angora who is introduced as not wearing clothes (that portrayal is pivotal to her essential nature). I don't think the character would have been quite as effective if I had just been drawing naked women, and then tried to mould a story around that visual.

For the new comic that I am making (and will be posting more art of to deviantArt as well), I'm doing something similar; trying to create a certain vision of the future and the people who live there. With the future in mind, I get to create characters that represent my hopes and expectations, vs just randomly hoping to strike gold. My general advice is always to give a context to your sketches, even if you don't ultimately use them... it will help your characters develop into living people who feel like they might really exist somewhere.


When creating your character Veloce Visrin, what were some of the choices you made in designing her look and outfit to help tell the reader what she is all about?


Shilin Huang

I've given Veloce outfits meant for show, as well as casual outfits for the story she is in. The more story-oriented decisions were made with her casual outfit. Naturally, her look should immediately convey her character, because insignificant details on how a character chooses to dress himself/herself are usually a good reflection of their values. I've kept her outfit casual and unimpressive,despite her being the main character, to match her preference for staying away from the spotlight and blending into the crowds. Her clothes are also kept loose fitting rather than skintight, her hair kept free and not diligently kept, giving her a more relaxed air. However, she did come from a respected/feared family, and a hint of the fact that she is supposed to be an upper-class lady still comes across through the halter top, which is the same top/dress featured in her other, more extravagant and impressive outfits, covered up under the guise of her hoodie and otherwise unassuming look.


Your character drawings are so expressive. What are some tips for drawing animal characters with such human emotions while still maintaining their animalistic anatomy?


Tracy Butler

Thank you! Foremost, I’d say it’s important to get to know the subject matter. Gathering some overarching observational knowledge about anatomy, gesture and expression is pretty vital to drawing convincing pictures of such things. It also applies to the ensuing Frankensteinian drawing experiments that I would recommend as a generally effective approach to designing characters that fall somewhere between human and animal (though I’d argue that distinction is mostly philosophical).  Do a lot of sketching, in other words.

Human capacity for self-aware emotional complexities aside, it’d be difficult to mark a clear distinction between human and animal emotions. Among other mammals in particular, there’s quite a lot of overlap in the way we express basic things like fear, dejection and excitement, in fact. Whether human or wolf, a lowered head, fixed stare and curled lip is unmistakably aggressive.  That sort of thing can certainly work to the artist’s advantage when drawing an animalistic character meant to emote in a relatable human fashion.  Further appending the expression with the animal’s telltale posturing - raised hackles, pinned ears, bared fangs - can be mixed in to varying degrees of bestial and dramatic.  The more minute facial features add a layer of human nuance and specificity - the smallest adjustment can put an entirely different spin on an expression. For the given example, downward angled “angry” eyebrows would be well in line with the straightforward appearance of aggression, but simply arching one of the brows higher than the other can turn it into an expression of calculated anger.  Symmetrically high arching brows could make the expression more excited or crazed; furrowed brows could be used to convey a sort of consternated anger, and so forth.

Of course, species that don’t communicate in ways that are especially decipherable to humans and critters with physiognomies that don’t lend themselves well to forming human expressions can present design challenges that might require some careful finagling. To use a popular example, note the dramatically shortened heads of My Little Pony characters as compared to realistic equine heads.  Much of the animal appearance of the face is sacrificed, clustering the features together into an alignment more closely resembling a (cartoon-like) human.  This way, the expressions are eminently readable, never inadvertently shifting from cute to awkward.  In other situations, preserving the animalistic mien might be the greater priority over rendering consistently appealing human expressions. If you ever find yourself trying to draw chagrin on an anteater, consider that in some cases, embracing a bit of the awkwardness might not be a bad thing.  It can make for some defining, memorable characteristics.

My advice overall is to approach whatever abstracted combination of anatomies are at hand as an advantage rather than a limitation to building an expressive character.  The human and animal aspects each bring a toolkit array of physical features, gestures, behaviors and idiosyncrasies to utilize and draw inspiration from - all the more resources with which the character may exude life and emotion, presence and personality.


What led you to pick Korea as the location for your fish out of water story of frankie*SNATCH? And how does that specific location inform what situations your character goes through?


Lynsey Wo

When I initially came up with the concept for frankie*SNATCH back in 2001, I wanted to base it in a large, modern city in the Far East. At the time, Japan was experiencing a huge popularity boom (certainly within the target audience I was wanting to reach) and I wanted to avoid following that trend. After a little bit of research, Seoul seemed to contain the fast pace, bright lights, cosmopolitan scene I was looking for. In these early stages, a strong visual setting was all I was after, and Seoul fitted that need perfectly.

Frankie*SNATCH has always been a character-driven plot, and whilst the location had never been hugely influential as a whole, as the story developed darker, controversial issues, I still needed to make sure it was still appropriate. For example, a major theme of substance abuse within the story lead me to research the sort of healthcare and treatment available for those suffering with addictions, and how this sort of issue is perceived and handled by Korean society as a whole. This research directly impacted on how the character(s) confronting this issue would handle it, particularly from the societal angle. This idea of such an old-fashioned taboo against the backdrop of an otherwise modern, diverse city was something I found interesting, but it also made me realise the importance of making sure the characters were believable enough for them to address the issues presented to them with as little help from the outside as possible.

Questions for Brian Kesinger

  1. Brian has volunteered to answer any questions you might have in a series of video updates we will post soon, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for a shout-out from him.

    Leave your questions for Brian in the comments below.

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Tips & tricks

1. How to align your elements in custombox or journal?
Use the following code:

<div align="center">Content here</div>

You can change the alignment to left, right, center & justify by simply replacing the words as shown below

<div align="left">Content here</div>

2. How do you change the font-size in a custombox?
Use the following code:

<font size="1">Your text here</font>
<font size="2">Your text here</font>
<font size="3">Your text here</font>
<font size="4">Your text here</font>
<font size="5">Your text here</font>
<font size="6">Your text here</font>
<font size="7">Your text here</font>

The result:

Font size = 1
Font size = 2
Font size = 3
Font size = 4
Font size = 5
Font size = 6
Font size = 7

3. How to change your font in a Custombox/Journal?
Use the following tag to change your font in your custombox.

<font face="FONT NAME">Your text here</font>

<font face="Comic Sans MS">Your text here</font>

Your text here

Safe fonts to use

Serif Fonts
Georgia      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Times New Roman      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Sans-Serif Fonts
Arial, Helvetica      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Arial Black, Gadget      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Comic Sans MS, cursive      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Impact, Charcoal      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Tahoma, Geneva      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Trebuchet MS, Helvetica     -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Verdana, Geneva      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Monospace Fonts
Courier New, Courier      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Lucida Console, Monaco      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Combining "size" and "face"

Yes, it is possible to combine 'size' and 'face' (or other font properties) together to get a combined effect as below. Go ahead..Give it a try! ;)

<font face="Comic Sans MS" size="5">Your text here</font>

Your text here

4. How do you make a custom button? or How to make a clickable image for a custombox?
Use the following code to make an image clickable in your custombox:
Please note that you cannot make the image highlight on cursor hover as it normally does in case of a button.

<a href="URL"><img src="IMAGE_URL"/></a>

For example,

<a href=""><img src=""/></a>

*If you are using a custom background in your custombox then you've to put the above code in the "body text here.." part of it. For more details check F.A.Q. Q.9 of this journal.

5. How to add videos in custombox/journal?
Use this tag to insert your videos
<da:embed profile="video type" id="ID of the video" />

You can insert 3 types of videos in DA.
1) Youtube
2) Vimeo
3) deviantART film

Codes to insert each type of videos
<da:embed profile="youtube" id="ID of the video" />
<da:embed profile="vimeo" id="ID of the video" />
<da:embed profile="film" id="ID of the video" />

How to get your video codes?
Getting the ID of a video is really simple. Follow these steps to get your respective codes..

1) Open the video in your browser
2) Copy the URL and look for the code (as shown below)
*for DA films just get the thumbcode of it
3) Paste the code in their respective code (as shown below)

Demo URLs

Paste the video ID as shown below
<da:embed profile="youtube" id="fEzhek5K0To" />
<da:embed profile="vimeo" id="32121460" />
<da:embed profile="film" id="91547543" />

NOTE: If you want to get the Youtube bar please follow the tutorial below:

6. How do you get the URL address of your NOTE? or What URL address do you put in buttons or any hyperlink to let people goto your NOTE directly?
Use the following URL to use it in a button or as a hyperlink.


TIP: You can use multiple usernames in the above code by inserting their usernames separated by commas as follows:, Moonbeam13, fourteenthstar

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7. How to make a button a disabled one?
Just insert the following word in the button that you are using.


For example, I take a button code from  the range of buttons (can be found here…).

I am using this button for my example.
Small Curvy buttons by CypherVisor

And the code that I'm using from this button is

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small smbutton-curvy"><span class="post">I love my buttons very muchdiv</span></a></div>

How to get the disabled button?

Insert disabledbutton in the code.

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small smbutton-curvy disabledbutton"><span class="post">I love my buttons very muchdiv</span></a></div>

The result:

*NOTE: Put the word disabledbutton only along with the other button classes such as gmbutton2r, sm-button etc.

8. How to insert a bigger thumb in your custombox/journal?
Just insert the word big in the thumbcode that you are using.


Normal thumbcode---> :thumb136916642:
Innocent Dream by CypherVisor

Big thumbcode---> :bigthumb136916642:
Innocent Dream by CypherVisor

Even Bigger thumbcode---><da:deviation width="500" id="136916642">

Innocent Dream by CypherVisor

Use any number in the width if you want to increase the size of the deviation.

EXAMPLE: <da:deviation width="600" id="136916642">

Innocent Dream by CypherVisor

Alternate Custom Thumbnail code (NOT for literature thumbs): <a href="DEVIATION_URL"><img src="DEVIATION_IMAGE_URL" width="500"></a>

Where, DEVIATION_URL is the URL address of the deviations (the URL address of a deviation is present in the address bar of your browser when you open it in a new tab or page) and DEVIATION_IMAGE_URL is the direct image link of the deviation. (check FAQ#17 here to know how to copy the direct IMAGE URL of your deviation or for that matter any image)

EXAMPLE:<a href=""><img src="" width="500"></a>

9. How to create the donate button/ Add to watch direct URL?
Well, that's a very easy to do.

Donate points direct link:

Replace the USERNAME  with your own (as shown below):

Watchers direct link:

Replace the USERNAME  with your own (as shown below):

Now, use these URLs in any button code or any hyperlink that you want.

Also, note that please do not try these links with your own usernames because neither can you give your points to yourself nor watch yourself! :)

10. How to float images (or any element) in a custombox? or How do you place text and image side-by-side in your widget?
Use the following code to float your images (or any element) in a custom box.

To float elements to the LEFT:
<div class="al"></div>

To float elements to the RIGHT:
<div class="ar"></div>


<div class="al">:thumb299697102:</div>LoremIpsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. LoremIpsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.

11. How to change the color of hyperlinks?
First of all, this is an extension of the FAQ #11 given below.

So, if you know how to create hyperlinks using the <a> HTML tag and want to change the color of your hyperlinks then follow these steps:

1) Create your desired hyperlink by using the <a> tag (follow FAQ #11 if you do not how to do it)
2) Take your desired text color code from HERE (Only the colors mentioned there are available)
3) Replace the text inside the <a>...</a> with the color code
4) Done!


Let your hyperlink be the following:


Now let's take the GREEN text color code from HERE (You can take any color code you want)

Here's the green text color code:
<div class="pager-select"><div class="enabled_subscription" align="justify">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.</div></div>

Now, replace the "YOUR_CUSTOMIZED_TEXT" with the color code as follows:

<a href="YOUR_URL"><div class="pager-select"><div class="enabled_subscription" align="justify">YOUR_COLORED_TEXT</div></div></a>

In the above example, I have just replaced the "Lorem Ipsum..." with YOUR_COLORED_TEXT for the sake of understanding.

*PLEASE NOTE you can’t use the above code to change username colors that are generated by :devUSERNAME: or @USERNAME codes.

However, you can change a USERNAME color by tweaking the above code by writing as follows:

<a href="">CypherVisor</a>

F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Is it possible to make more button with different colors other than which are already provided?
No. It is not possible. There are no more colors for buttons that is being defined in the DA website for your use. If anything new comes up I'll provide it to you.

2. How do I put my own URL in the custombox buttons?
Replace the text URL in any button code that you are using by your own URL


The button code:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

Using your own URL:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

3. How do I put my own Text in the custombox buttons?
Replace the text I love my buttons very much in any button code that you are using by your own text


The button code:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

Using your own URL:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">Click to view my gallery</span></div>

4. Where would the FAIR/UNFAIR or YES/NO button lead? Does they have a counter or poll in-built?
Fair Unfair buttons by CypherVisor Yes No button by CypherVisor

The FAIR/UNFAIR or YES/NO are just buttons with your own URL address. It shall lead to whatever URL address you provide in their codes. And they do not have any counter or poll inbuilt.

5. Is it possible to have table inside a Custombox?
No. Its not possible.

6. Is it possible to have Content-holder boxes of custom colors?
Yes to an extent. Here's a tutorial for you: Content-Holder Background tutorial

You'll also find different colors of content holder boxes in my gallery folder. (Click "Customboxresouces" from the menu at the top of this journal to view them)

Plus, you can use the button codes (Buttons as Content-Holder boxes) to write your content inside it. There are many colors of button to choose from!

7. Is it possible to have scroll-bars inside a Custombox?

8. How do I put buttons next to each other in a Custombox?
Simply do not put any line-break (or in simple words, don't put the codes in the next line). Instead, put them in the same line.

For example, Let us take the codes of the button below (You can get more buttons here..…)
Small Buttons by CypherVisor

Wrong way to put the buttons together after one another

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-blue smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

Correct way to put the buttons together after one another

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very muchspan>div><div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-blue smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

9. How to get my custom background behind a content-holder box?
You simply need to replace the body text here.. with the content-holder box of your choice code.

For example, let us take the codes from the custom box background tutorial and the extruded content-holder box as given below. [You can get more content-holder boxes here..…)
Custom-box Background Tutorial by CypherVisor EXTRUDED content-holder box by CypherVisor

Now, you get the codes from each of them

Custom-box background code
<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><br><img src="URL"/>div>div><div class="gr-box gr-genericbox"><br>Body text here..</div>

Content-holder box code
<div class="gr-box gr-headless"><i class="gr1"><i><i class="gr2"><i><i class="gr3"><i><div class="gr-body"><div class="gr"><div class="pp"><div align="center"><b>CONTENT HEADING HERE</b></div><br>Body text here..</div></div></div><i class="gr3 gb"><i class="gr2 gb"><i class="gr1 gb gb1"></div>

As said above, now put the content-holder box code in the custom box background code by replacing the body text here..

<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><br><img src="URL"/>div>div><div class="gr-box gr-genericbox"><br><div class="gr-box gr-headless"><i class="gr1"><i><i class="gr2"><i><i class="gr3"><i><div class="gr-body"><div class="gr"><div class="pp"><div align="center"><b>CONTENT HEADING HERE</b></div><br>Body text here..</div></div></div><i class="gr3 gb"><i class="gr2 gb"><i class="gr1 gb gb1"></div></div>

10. Can I change the text/font color in my custom widget boxes?
Yes, you can change to some colors. Here's a list of colors and their respective codes:…

11. How to use hyperlinks with different text?
If you want to have a link (or URL) displayed to a customized text then use the following code:


<a href="">Custombox F.A.Q. + Tips and tricks</a>


12. How do you insert an image in your Custom box or journal?
Use the following code to insert and image in your  Custom box or journal.

<img src="IMAGE_URL"/>

<img src=""/>


13. How do you resize an image in your Custom box or journal?
Just use the width or height property in your <img> tag in F.A.Q. #12 as shown below:

<img width="300" src="IMAGE_URL"/>


<img height="200" src="IMAGE_URL"/>

or you can use both width and height together

<img width="300" height="200" src="IMAGE_URL"/>

*Please note: If you use width and height together then you might change the resolution of the image disproportionately.

14. How do I get rid of the arrow symbols in my links/URLs and buttons?
If you haven't noticed it yet. DA always put an arrow symbol when you are trying to use an "external link" (for example a link or a link) in the <a> tag or a button code (as below).

NOTE: The arrow is displayed only when you are using an external link! It WILL NOT display the arrow if you are using a DA link. (such as a link to someone's profile page in DA or a deviation link etc.)

The simple solution to get rid of that is by pre-fixing the below URL in your <a> tag or a button code URL:

Let your external link be:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></a></div>

<a href="">Facebook</a>


This fix was found by Gasara

15. How do I get rid of the bold text in my links/URLs and buttons?
You may have noticed if you use the above trick (FAQ #13) to get rid of the arrow or in general while inserting links in your journal or widgets you get your links bold as below:

To get rid of the bold text use the following code for your text inside your <a> tag or a button code:

<div class="devlinkzone"><b>YOUR_TEXT</b></div>

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post"><div class="devlinkzone"><b>I love my buttons very much</b></div></span></a></div>

<a href=""><div class="devlinkzone"><b>Facebook</b></div></a>


16. How do I get the direct link to my Llama giving page/ Cake giving page?
You can provide a direct link to other deviants which redirects them to a page that will take them directly to a page where they can gift you a llama. Yes, even without visiting your page and clicking on the "Give" button on the top-right corner and then clicking on the "Give a llama badge" menu they can bypass it and goto a page and give you a llama.

Llama page direct link:

Here's how you do it:

1) Log out from your page and login to deviantart using another account. (Otherwise you can tell you friend to do this for you ;) )

2) After logging into the other account go to your page and click on the "Give" button and then click on "Give a Llama badge" menu from the dropdown. (as shown above)

3) In the pop-up window that opens (as shown below), right-click on the "Terms and Conditions for Points" and click on “Open in new tab” or “Open in a new window”

4) In the new browser tab or page that opens Copy the URL address (as shown below) and that my friend, is the direct link to your llama page! ;)

Cake page direct link:

For the cake page follow the same steps as given above but this time you just select "Give a Cake Badge". :)

17. How do I copy the image URL (or deviation image URL or deviation image link)?
To copy the URL of an image that appears on a page do the following:

Please follow the steps according to the browser that you are using!!

Internet Explorer

   1. Click on the desired picture with the right mouse button
   2. Select Properties from the menu
   3. Highlight the address appearing under Address (URL):
   4. Press Ctrl-C (shortcut key to copy the URL)

Mozilla Firefox

   1. Click on the image with the right mouse button.
   2. Choose "Copy Image Location" from the menu.

Safari and Opera

   1. Click on the desired image with the right mouse button (or holding down Ctrl while clicking with the left or only button).
   2. Select "Copy Image Address" from the menu.

Google Chrome

   1. Click on the image with the right mouse button
   2. Select "Copy Image URL" from the menu that comes up

HINT: An Image URL always ends with an image extension such as .jpg or .png or .gif etc.


18. Can I change the icons of my widgets?
No, you can't!

Celebrate deviantART's 13th Birthday!

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 12:03 AM

On the day of your birth, you were likely surrounded by those who loved you, who would lead you through the rough first scary years of life, and who would stand by as you grew into a capable person. As time passed, others may have drifted into your life, and even if you didn't know it, they also nurtured and cared for you in much the same way, helping to shape the person you would become.

When a community like deviantART is born, the same common thread binds its originators and founding members together. Over the years, more and more creative beings drift into its life and strengthen its core every single day, resulting in an exponentially inspirational powerhouse for the sheer fact that they've become a part of it. That nurturing spirit, that inherent support system, that caring community inspires deviantART to grow, and it comes from inside each and every one of you.

Today, August 7, 2013, marks deviantART's 13th birthday. In Internet years, reaching the 13-year mark is a momentous occasion, and it's not one we take for granted. Simply put, we would not exist without the support and enthusiasm of our passionate members, and we're thankful for that, and for you, every day.

  • You can use whatever medium you prefer. If you don't prefer a specific program, we encourage you to use deviantART muro via the Add a Drawing tool in comments.
  • Create a piece of artwork capturing your favorite deviantART memory.
  • Share your creation in a comment on this article using the Add Media or Add a Drawing tools.

The new Add Media tool, which lets you easily add formatting, emoticons, and images to comments, can be used in full on this article. Adding images to comments by using the Conversation,, and deviantART tabs of the Add Media sidebar, which are normally Premium Member features, can be used by all deviants. Have fun creating and sharing your work!

Deviants who take part in this challenge will receive a special 13th Birthday Badge!

Create a 13-Word Story!

As part of the birthday festivities, Journal Skins are free to use for all deviants for the next 13 days! To help you take advantage of this, we've created a 13th Birthday Journal Skin that you can install to dress your Journal up for the occasion, or you can choose a skin from the Installable Journal Skin gallery!

In addition, we have a Journal project for you and your friends to get involved in!

  • Create a 13 word story and post it in a Journal titled ThirteenWords.
  • Encourage your friends to continue the story in the comments on that Journal.
  • Help craft a story with others! Browse the Journal Portal to find other deviants who are taking part, and comment on their ThirteenWords Journals!

In addition to the events included in this article, the Community Volunteers are holding contests and events throughout the day, so be sure to check them out and get involved!

Events Hosted by The Community Volunteers »

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